[chuck-users] accessing static methods through an instance?

Hans Aberg haberg at math.su.se
Sun Jan 24 19:02:21 EST 2010

On 25 Jan 2010, at 00:22, Robert Poor wrote:

> [Coincidentally, Stefan's message about identically named (instance)  
> methods arrived as I was composing this note.  It's possible this is  
> the same thing, but with a different twist...]

Different but, related: how to best admit name overloading.

> One might expect that an instance reference calls an instance method  
> and a class reference calls a static method even if they have the  
> same name, but it ain't so.  And the compiler doesn't issue any  
> warning.  Consider the following:
> ==== file: fn.ck
> public class F {
>     fun static void method() { <<< "static method()" >>>; }
>     fun void method() {	<<< "instance method()" >>>; }
> }
> F.method();			// call method via class
> (new F).method();		// call method via instance
> ==== produces:
> "static method()" : (string)
> "static method()" : (string)
> ====
> I can convince myself that this isn't really a bug, if "static"  
> really means "make this variable or method shared by all instances",  
> but it would be nice if the compiler warned you about identically  
> named methods.  (Note that the compiler DOES issue an error for  
> identically named variables.)

It is possible to admit it. C++ prohibits it (checking in gcc), though  
one calls static and not by rather different syntax:
#include <iostream>

class A {
   static int a() {std::cout << "Hi" << std::flush;}
   int b() {std::cout << " there!" << std::endl;}

int main() {
   return 1;

ChucK uses "." where C++ uses "::" for namespaces and "." for methods.

My guess is that C++ prohibits it because the risk of making mistakes.

A matter of taste, thus. But it could still be a bug - only the  
developers can tell. :-)


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